WATCH: 'Will Listen To All Parties On Citizenship Amendment Bill But It's A Necessity' Says Amit Shah Over Protests In Northeast


BJP president Amit Shah addressed the media launching the 2019 poll campaign with 'Bharat ke Mann ki Baat' event on Sunday. 

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Updated On:

BJP president Amit Shah addressed the media launching the 2019 poll campaign with 'Bharat ke Mann ki Baat' event on Sunday, as he took upon various questions directed towards him.

BJP chief responded on the unrest in northeast pertaining to the Citizenship Amendment Bill, saying that the Bill has been well thought by BJP.

He said, "There are two sides of a coin, there are decisions that some like and some don't. Citizenship Amendment Bill has been introduced by the BJP after putting in a lot of thought. The huge number of refugees can't be kept hanging in non-religious situation. ." 

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"Parties from the northeast and other parties can share their views with Home Minister Rajnath Singh it will be discussed in the Parliament. . But the bill is a necessity in this country. We've already spoken to a few parties and if consensus coming out of it then we will definitely move ahead but Citizenship Amendment Bill is very important for this country," he added.  

The Cabinet approved the Citizenship Amendment Bill (2016) in the Lok Sabha on January 7. The bill grants Indian citizenship by naturalisation to communities such as Hindus, Buddhists, Christians, Jains, Parsis and Sikhs, fleeing persecution in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Citizenship would be granted to those who have lived in India for six or more years. The government argued that the bill is intended to those 'escaping persecution' and not for economic migrants.

A day after the Citizenship Amendment Bill was passed in the Lower House, PM Narendra Modi during his speech in Solapur, Maharashtra sent a message to the youth of Assam and the northeast who have been protesting against the Bill.

In his message, he said that the youth can rest in the assurance that their rights will in no way be compromised owing to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

"Yesterday, the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was passed in Lok Sabha. I want to assure people from northeast and Assam that their rights will not be compromised with this decision. They won't face any hurdle while seeking opportunities," he said.

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